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Congresswoman Sue Myrick addresses SVMS eighth graders

Congresswoman Sue Myrick addressed eighth graders at Sun Valley Middle School.

About 105 eighth graders from Sun Valley Middle got a first-hand look at the inner workings of the federal government thanks to a visit from Congresswoman Sue Myrick yesterday (Feb. 7, 2011).

Students gathered in the school's media center to listen to Representative Myrick discuss her role in Washington, and address some current issues students were curious about.

Michael O'Hagan, a social studies teacher at Sun Valley Middle, coordinated the effort. "I thought it was a great opportunity for the students to see their representative in Congress. This also emphasized our constitutional and federal government unit that we did in class," O'Hagan said. "She answered all of my students' questions quite well."

O'Hagan said he was proud of his students and the intelligent questions they asked Myrick. "They all came up with their own questions, and there were some very good ones. I did not feed them any questions. I was very impressed."
Myrick said she was impressed with the students’ level of knowledge on current affairs. "Some of the questions were so current," she said. "They are really paying attention. And their teachers are doing a great job with them. They had a lot of questions on national security, with Egypt in the news right now, but across the board on just about everything. It was a good group."

Myrick is currently in her eighth term representing North Carolina's 9th district, which covers portions of Union, Mecklenburg, and Gaston counties. Speaking to students is a part of her job that she thoroughly enjoys.

"I'm always happy to come talk with young people because I hope that they first of all will understand how our system works, and secondly, possibly get involved in public service as they get older," Myrick said. "It's an area where a lot of people don't want to take part."

Alisha Hansen, 13, an eighth grader, said she was a bit nervous about meeting Myrick, but after she did, she really enjoyed the experience. "She seemed really approachable, down to earth," she said. "I asked her to talk about her thoughts on the problems with the criminal justice system, and she also explained the difference in local, state and federal laws."

Jasmine Lesane, 13, an eighth grader, said she also enjoyed meeting Myrick. "She answered all of our questions. I think that was amazing. I didn't think that politicians actually liked to talk to us, but it's great to know that people are listening to us, especially since we're so young."

"She seems like a regular person," Jasmine said. "I never thought she would be that normal. But she is. She explained all her opinions on things. She taught us a lot. I think it's pretty cool that she was willing to do that."

Besides serving in Congress since 1995, Myrick ran a successful advertising and public relations business in Charlotte, and served two terms as mayor of Charlotte. She was president and CEO of Myrick Advertising and Public Relations and Myrick Enterprises.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Feb 08, 2011 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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